Training Opportunities for Unemployed Individuals
Unemployment Insurance (U.I.) claimants have the option to explore short-term retraining programs offered at HGTC in place of conducting the weekly work search. The College provides these training opportunities at no cost for unemployed individuals in the state. The initiative is made available through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.
Upon enrolling in and attending a short-term training program, the U.I. claimant continues to forgo the weekly job search as long as they submit the UI-Approved State Technical College Training Programs Work search Waiver Form. The claimant is responsible for submitting this completed form to their local SCWorks Office when they enroll in a class and again every 30 days throughout the training. They are also responsible for notifying DEW if they drop from a training class.
Training Programs Offered at HGTC
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Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
This program offers hands-on training and in-depth classroom instruction necessary to understand and master the daily requirements of a career in professional truck driving.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Certification
Learn about standard job-related safety and health hazards during this 10-hour or 30-hour training course.
LEAN Six Sigma
Learn how to help an organization operate more efficiently by analyzing and improving its processes using the tools you learn in this training program.
Learn various welding techniques through a wide selection of course offerings.
Heavy Equipment Operator
This training will prepare you for various construction jobs by teaching equipment safety, identification, operation, and essential maintenance with a combination of in-class and hands-on instruction.
Learn to use the tools and equipment required for safe installation and repair of underground and overhead utilities through a combination of work in the classroom and field settings.
Separately, claimants can receive a one-week work search waiver when they complete the online form they received from DEW. When claimants fill out this form with their name, claimant #, county of residence, and email address, the information is then forwarded to DEW, and the waiver is added to the claimant’s SCWOS account.
The College offers other classes to unemployed individuals covered by scholarships that do not waive the weekly job search criteria. Call 843-477-2020 for a listing of these classes covered by GEER’s funding or other scholarships.